With text by Phil Saunders, Derek von Essen's photos are featured in No Flash, Please!: Toronto Music Scene 1987-92 (Anvil Press 2016), a compendium that records the pop music scene in Canada's largest city during the early 1990s. Working for various independent publications of that era, the pair covered concerts and gigs by local bands as well as music from touring groups that included Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Jesus Lizard, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Henry Rollins.

Von Essen works in graphic art, photography, painting and mixed-media assemblage for fine arts, dance, theatre, music, film and publishing projects. He provided the photos for a coffee table book called A Verse Map of Vancouver, edited by George McWhirter.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Verse Map of Vancouver


No Flash, Please!: Toronto Music Scene 1987 - 92 (Anvil Press 2016) text by Phil Saunders $25 978-1-77214-037-8

[BCBW 2016]